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Old Apr 8, 2010, 10:22 AM   #1
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Default B&W ice-floes comin down the river...

I feel rather daring today, so I'll risk a slap across the wrist from you guys. Black and White is not exactly my everyday medium and I have a lot of respect for those of you who have mastered its secrets, like Kevin, Dustin, Ancientritual and lately also Markus is showing some prospects in that direction.

This is actually a "spin-off" of the HDR-thread: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/hd...theld-hdr.html and is from the same photo-shoot.



I am not sure, but I was about to crop thightly on the top, cutting away all the clouds as I feel maybe they attract too much attention, but I chickened out at the last minute....

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Old Apr 8, 2010, 3:40 PM   #2
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No, Walter, I think you got it just right....again!!
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Old Apr 8, 2010, 3:46 PM   #3
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Walter,

there is no fear of wrist slapping here. I think you have done a good job with this black and white shot. it is easy to tell that you started off with a well exposed image, which resulted in a good tone range for the mono.

I would not crop off the top, the sky gives the shot its depth. if anything i am not sure you need the very bottom portion of the frame, you could have cropped just above the very closest ice-flow leaving the 2nd set of ice as the foreground. i think it could work either way though.

i love black and white shots, this one was a good one. keep doing more please
i would have done a little bit of post to knock down the blown highlights on the side of the ice, it draws my eye a bit too much. its a small area, should not be a problem to fix it.
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Old Apr 9, 2010, 10:28 AM   #4
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Walter... what can I say... nice to see a b&w from you! And I think you've done really well - it's a fantastic photo with good contrast and (as usual) great composition!

But I'm glad you didn't crop the sky - I think it adds to the shot. Maybe you could try Dustin's cropping suggestion with the bottom... I think that would work!!

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Old Apr 9, 2010, 10:35 AM   #5
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a nice shot walter once again as a kinda 3d feel to it really like how the broken ice leads you into the picture and then to the horizon
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I like this one WalterS. As I read you comments then studied the picture my thought was to crop out the ice at the very bottom. Dustin beat me to it though Great work keep working on the B & W!
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Much obliged for all of your kind comments, guys!


I dont really know what I am doing when I convert into B&W - but then I dont often know what I am doing when doing colors neither......

Just a lucky strike sometimes.

have a nice week-end, everybody!



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I still would have preferred another smooth sky in this picture.....about as smooth as that strech of water in the mid-ranges her.


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I can't believe I didn't make a comment to this thread - I love the picture. While I prefer this new one, I didn't have a problem with the first one, either.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 11:02 AM   #9
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as somebody who is biased towards B+W and sepia type of shots, I love this. I do like the second one better however. It gives me more of a chilly feeling than the first one

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I like this new version Walter. Contrast and sharpness much improved.
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